Our Lord Jesus Christ may have ascended to heaven to be at the right hand of our heavenly Father (Acts 7:55; 1 Peter 3:22) after his resurrection, but I’m thankful that he’s not just sitting there doing nothing. He’s keeping himself busy on our behalf. That comforting fact is figuratively and prophetically expressed in the Song of Solomon, which is also a literal depiction of true love between husband and wife:
6 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.
7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee. Song of Solomon 4
Christ will return when day breaks for his day of judgment and shadows flee away. According to 2 Peter 1, “we have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” to put away all darkness from his church. But until the time of the day break for the rapture/first resurrection, the tribulation, and his second return, our Lord Jesus is on the mountain of myrrh and hill of frankincense.
Myrrh symbolizes purification (Exodus 30:23-25; Esther 2:12). Frankincense, used in the incense of the tabernacle and temple, symbolizes prayers to God. The mountain of myrrh and hill of frankincense refer to heaven, God’s holy hill and holy mountain of Zion (Psalm 2:6; Zechariah 8:3). It’s where Christ ascended to take captivity captive and give gifts to men so he can dwell among us (Psalm 68:18; Ephesians 4:8). Because of his great love (Ephesians 5:29-32), he supplies his church with purification and responds to our prayers when he acts as our intercessor and advocate (attorney) with the Father (Romans 8:27, 34; 1 John 2:1).
Who shall dwell in the Lord’s holy hill and mountain of Zion, his hill of frankincense and mountain of myrrh (Psalm 15)? Only those who accept Christ’s purification by grace, aligning by faith their prayers with his will then proving it by works. He is in heaven preparing a place for us so he can come again and receive us unto himself (John 14:2-3). On his mountain of myrrh and hill of frankincense he, with the Holy Spirit’s help, is preparing us for the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-9). That’s why judgment must begin at the house of God (1 Peter 4:17) so when that day breaks, he can declare to his church, “Thou art all fair my love, there is no spot in thee.” Christ will welcome to himself a church without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27).
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.